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EYC 2024 Day 1 | Boys Singles | Gold Stays in Finland

Updated: Mar 26

European Youth Championships 2024 Boys Singles winner Markus Lahti
Picture credit: Suomen Keilailuliitto

On Monday morning, at the Tali Bowling Center in the Finland's capital Helsinki, European Youth Championships 2024 have begun.

A total of 28 European bowling federations and 168 youth athletes participate in the event.

The first day of EYC 2024 belonged to the Boys Singles event, where out of 100 bowlers, only four athletes advanced to the semi-finals after the first six qualification games.

Finland's Markus Lahti, who, paired with Luukas Väänänen, won Doubles gold last year in Vienna, sat atop with a total six-game pinfall of 1468 (244.7 avg.) and led the Boys Singles qualification.

Sweden's Carl Eklund and Romania's Mate Balazs-Becsi were close to Lahti with totals of 1466 (244.3 avg.) and 1462 (243.7 avg.) respectively. Floris Dellevoet of the Netherlands joined them in the race for gold medals with a pinfall of 1413 (237.5 avg.).

In the semi-final of one series, Lahti continued his wonderful work on the lanes and advanced to the final match with a 253-193 victory against Dellevoet, while Eklund defeated Balazs-Becsi in a high-score duel 278-254.

In the final game, Lahti overcame Eklund, seizing the title with a 256-210 victory, and proved to be the best this year in the Boys Singles event.

Gold medal - Markus Lahti (Finland)
Silver medal - Carl Eklund (Sweden)
Bronze medals - Mate Balazs-Becsi (Romania) | Floris Dollevoet (Netherlands)

Sixteen best performers will advance to the next round of the Masters discipline after 18 qualification games. Here are the top 8 performers after the first six games so far.


Full standings can be found here.

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